James City County man reportedly took his own life following alleged hit and run, according to police

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The James City County Police Department is investigating a hit-and-run from Feb. 26 which left a James City County man with “serious trauma to both legs” in Grove. (WYDaily/ Screenshot courtesy of Google Maps)

Authorities are investigating a hit and run in Grove which left one 31-year-old James City County man with “serious trauma” to both legs.

On Feb. 26 at approximately 7:19 p.m. James City County police officers responded to the 8700 block of Pocahontas Trail in Grove, according to the department’s news release on Wednesday.

“Witnesses reported that a pedestrian exiting a WATA bus was struck by a passing dump truck as he tried to cross the street near the Dollar General Store,” according to the news release. “After striking the victim, the truck turned onto the entrance road to Country Village and stopped where the driver got out of the truck and looked back in the victim’s direction before getting back into the truck and driving away.”

Authorities said the person hit by the dump truck was a 31-year-old James City County man, who was transported to Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, with “serious trauma to both legs,” though his injuries were not life-threatening.

Stephanie Williams, spokeswoman for the JCC PD, said on Wednesday the department does not release the names of victims unless the victim died.

JCC PD noted in the news release on March 3, the driver was a 57-year-old James City County man and the dump truck belonged to Coastal Outdoor Concepts, LLC in Cape Carteret, N.C.

“He was reportedly hired by the company to perform repairs on the truck and was in possession of it for a couple of months,” according to the news release. “After the crash, he drove the truck to a repair shop in Gates County, N.C. for additional work. According to the Gates County Sheriff’s Office, he then committed suicide by hanging himself in the woods behind the shop on Feb. 27.”

“The crash remains under investigation,” the news release noted.

Williams noted that the police department did not charge the 57-year-old James City County man who was allegedly involved in the hit-and-run since they did not know “who the driver was at the time” of the incident.

Williams also did not release the name of the man who allegedly hit the victim and referred WYDaily to the Gates County Sheriff’s Office for more information.

On Wednesday, Sheriff Ray Campbell from the Gates County Sheriff’s Office identified the dump truck driver as 47-year-old Derrick Mitchell Briggs of James City County.

Campbell said that based on the evidence, Briggs’ death appears to be a suicide and the department has not found any indication to suggest otherwise. However, it is not clear if Briggs’ death was related to the hit-and-run incident in Grove.

When asked if the preliminary investigation showed a correlation between the two incidents or if there were other eventuating factors, Campbell said, “we have no idea about that.”

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